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U of M's Stauskas and Robinson headed to NBA, Dawson to stay at MSU

Big Ten Player of the Year Nik Stauskas of Michigan and Coach John Beilein
Big Ten Player of the Year Nik Stauskas of Michigan and Coach John Beilein

ANN ARBOR, MI (WTVB) - It’s time for Michigan basketball to reload again. The school announced Tuesday that Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson the Third are heading to the NBA. Both are leaving after their sophomore seasons which saw the Wolverines advance to the Elite Eight before losing to Kentucky. The year before, the duo helped Michigan make it to the NCAA Tournament championship game. Stauskas averaged a team-high 17.5 points this past season while Robinson posted 13 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Meanwhile, Michigan State junior Branden Dawson announced yesterday his decision to return to school for his senior season. Dawson averaged 11 points and a team-best 8.3 rebounds for the Spartans last season, despite missing 10 games due to injury, including nine straight with a broken hand from January 25th to February 23rd. The 6-foot-8 guard-forward was named Most Outstanding Player of the Big Ten tournament and led the Spartans to the tourney crown. Dawson’s strong play helped MSU reach the Elite Eight before losing to eventual national champion Connecticut in the East Regional final.

Monday, Michigan State sophomore guard Gary Harris revealed he will skip his junior and senior seasons to go pro.